Local Information

Weather

Davos has an alpine climate. The weather in August is usually warm and sunny, with average temperatures between 12 and 25°C. However, we recommend you to be also prepared for cooler temperatures. Check the weather forecast at www.davos.ch.

The weather forecast for switzerland can be found here:

SRF Meteo (only german).

Credit cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted. EuroCard/MasterCard and Visa are the most popular.

Electricity

Switzerland operates on 220-240 volts AC, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs. Please bring a converter with you if your country uses a different system.

Money

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. Many businesses throughout Switzerland, including most hotels, some restaurants and souvenir shops, will accept payment in euros. However, any change will be given in Swiss francs, at the rate of exchange calculated on the day.

Swiss francs are divided into 100 centimes (Rappen in German-speaking Switzerland). There are notes for 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 francs, and coins for five, 10, 20 and 50 centimes, as well as for one, two and five francs.

Moneychangers

You can change money at banks, as well as at airports and nearly every train station daily until late into the evening. Whereas banks tend to charge about 5% commission, some money-exchange bureaus don't charge commission at all. Exchange rates are slightly better for travellers cheques than for cash, but there's not much difference.

ATMs

Automated teller machines (ATMs) - called Bancomats in banks and Postomats in post offices - are common, and are accessible 24 hours a day. They can be used with most international bank or credit cards to withdraw Swiss francs, and they have English instructions. Your bank or credit-card company will usually charge a 1% to 2.5% fee, and there may also be a small charge at the ATM end.

Taxes & refunds

VAT (MWST in German, TVA in French) is levied on goods and services at a rate of 7.6%, except on hotel bills, when it's only 3.6%. Nonresidents can claim the tax back on purchases over Sfr400. (This doesn't apply to services or hotel/restaurant bills.) Before making a purchase, ensure that the shop has the required paperwork for you to make a claim. Refunds are given at main border crossings and at Geneva and Zürich airports, or you can claim later by post.

See

  • Kirchner Museum Davos, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Platz, ☎ +41 81 410 63 00 (fax: +41 81 410 63 01). Open Tuesday through Sunday. Established in honor of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the German Expressionist painter. Opened in 1992, it is home to the world's largest collection of the artist's work. The museum building was designed by the Zürich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer. It attracts great attention in architectural circles. Adults: CHF 10, Senior Citizen: CHF 8, Children and Students CHF 5, Groups (10+): CHF 8.  
  • Winter Sports Museum, Promenade 43, ☎ +41 (0) 81 413 24 84. While in the world known winter sports resort of Davos, visit the Winter Sports Museum. This museum holds a large collection of winter sport equipment and documents donated by the Jürg Kaufmann family. The well-preserved exhibits (sleds, bobsleds, skis, skates, curling material, etc.) document the history of winter sports. Adults CHF 5, Children CHF 3.
  • Zügenschlucht - Gaze upon a romantic gorge that has a spectacular railway line and a mining museum at the Schmelzboden at 1340 m. 
  • Lose yourself in the Schatzalp (1861m), an alpine botanical garden that has such stunning scenery, it inspired German author Thomas Mann to write his novel “The Magic Mountain”, published in 1924. It contains around 800 different species of plants from all over the world and is truly impressive in June and July, when flowers are in bloom.
  • Sertigtal - Its unique natural beauty and mountain scenery make for an unforgettable alpine experience. Unleash your romantic side and go for a ride by horse-drawn carriage or sledge. 
  • Vaillant Arena in Davos is one of the most beautiful hockey stadiums in the world. It can hold up to 7,700 people. Every year a number of exciting events take place there. Some of the most important ones are the Spengler Cup and Art on Ice.

Do

  • Bier Vision Monstein (Monstein Brewery), ☎ +41(0) 81 420 3060. Have a drink atop the highest brewery in Europe. Take a class and learn about the finer points of beer making. Guided tours are available and tastings are worthwhile. Every Friday from 4PM-7PM, you can purchase beer directly from the brewery.
  • Ice Hockey. Davos is the birthplace of the famous Hockey Club HCD. HCD is the record holder in the Spengler Cup and one of the most successful teams in Switzerland. It is a good idea to visit the Vaillant Arena, enjoy a dinner there and watch HCD play.
  • Hiking. The contrasts between town and country are never as apparent as in Davos Klosters. In just a few minutes you leave the town centre of Davos and enter another world. Here, 700 kilometres of marked footpaths, themed paths and panoramic routes run through fauna-rich forests, across unforgettable mountain landscapes and through wildly romantic valleys. Our selection of walks are suitable for the easy stroller, the sporty and the sociable walker as well as the ambitious alpine hiker in equal measure.
  • Train Excursionswww.rhb.ch Davos is also the starting point for excursions on the famous Glacier Express, and the Heidi and Bernina Express trains.